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Ross County 1-0 Motherwell: Visitors only have themselves to blame for loss- Robinson

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland

Motherwell can only blame themselves - and not refereeing decisions - for their Scottish Premiership loss to Ross County, says manager Stephen Robinson.

Ross Stewart got the only goal from the penalty spot for County, while Liam Donnelly missed from 12 yards for Motherwell after the break.

The visitors then had Callum Lang sent off in the closing minutes.

"We lost the game in the first 15 minutes, after that we dominated," Robinson said.

"We've two great chances that if we score, I believe we go on and win the game. There were a lot of positives for me in terms of applying, creating chances and some good stuff but if you don't take your chances, you don't win football matches.

"Ultimately how we started the game cost us. I don't think it was any decision the referee made."

County's goal was reward for their pressure in the opening quarter of the game with Harry Paton and Stewart having tested Trevor Carson before Declan Gallagher was penalised.

The ball fell to Paton, who took a touch before being clattered by the defender, and Gallagher could have little complaint about his booking. Stewart finished high to Carson's left.

But Motherwell, third last season, could have equalised moments later when Christopher Long charged through the inside right channel and fired a shot against the near post.

Wigan loanee Lang was introduced for his debut in place of Mark O'Hara at half-time, then Sherwin Seedorf took over from Jake Hastie and the two substitutes combined when Seedorf's delivery found Lang cantering towards goal, but Laidlaw was well placed to scoop away the forward's header.

Long's replacement Jordan White then had his jersey tugged by Coll Donaldson, causing Nick Walsh to point to the spot a second time, but Donnelly could not hit the target.

Walsh had one more significant call to make when Lang cynically felled Michael Gardyne as County broke and the referee had no hesitation in producing a red card.

Man of the match - Ross Stewart

Ross Stewart scores
Stewart rarely let Motherwell's defence rest and his penalty was expertly taken

What did we learn?

A tale of two penalties in the end but the lack of efforts from open play is perhaps indicative of how little match practice these sides have had in recent months.

With Stuart Kettlewell now in sole charge of County after Steven Ferguson moved into the chief executive role, consolidation is their mission and Kettlewell opted for attack as the best form of defence with Stewart, Billy Mckay and Lee Erwin starting. It worked.

On the plus side for Well, Carson showed he is still a dependable presence in goal even after a near two-year absence with deep vein thrombosis while David Turnbull got another 83 minutes under his belt after making a first start in 15 months following knee surgery.

What did they say?

Kettlewell looking for more after opening win

Ross County manager Stuart Kettlewell: "The remit was to come away with three points. We always believe in ourselves, especially at home.

"We defended our penalty box reasonably well. We have to trust ourselves a wee bit more in possession. We've ridden our luck with the missed penalty. All in all it's a good night for us."

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "Callum Lang's got a great chance and anywhere but where he headed it, it's a goal.

"I've not seen the red card back. It looked a red card from where I was. I think it was more out of exuberance and enthusiasm but he catches him and again you give the referee a decision to make."

'The referee didn't cost us' - Robinson

What's next?

Ross County are Hamilton Academical's first visitors of the season on Saturday, when Motherwell play their first home game of the campaign against Premiership newcomers Dundee United.

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Laidlaw
  • 2Randall
  • 25Donaldson
  • 16Iacovitti
  • 43ReidBooked at 77mins
  • 24PatonBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGardyneat 65'minutes
  • 11Vigurs
  • 22TillsonSubstituted forShawat 83'minutes
  • 10ErwinSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9MckaySubstituted forDraperat 83'minutes
  • 27Stewart

Substitutes

  • 5Morris
  • 6Draper
  • 7Gardyne
  • 8Shaw
  • 14Mullin
  • 15Watson
  • 17Charles-Cook
  • 18Kelly
  • 21Doohan

Motherwell

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Carson
  • 2Grimshaw
  • 31GallagherBooked at 23mins
  • 4Lamie
  • 5McGinley
  • 7O'HaraSubstituted forLangat 45'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 22Donnelly
  • 11HastieSubstituted forSeedorfat 59'minutes
  • 19Polworth
  • 8TurnbullSubstituted forWattat 83'minutes
  • 99LongSubstituted forWhiteat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Campbell
  • 9White
  • 12Fox
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Maguire
  • 17Seedorf
  • 21Robinson
  • 29Lang
  • 32Watt
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home24
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Motherwell 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Motherwell 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jordan White (Motherwell).

  4. Post update

    Coll Donaldson (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Liam Polworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  7. Post update

    Nathan McGinley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County).

  9. Booking

    Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Ricki Lamie.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Regan Charles-Cook (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Gardyne with a through ball.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan White (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Polworth with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Coll Donaldson.

  14. Dismissal

    Callum Lang (Motherwell) is shown the red card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Callum Lang (Motherwell).

  16. Post update

    Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Alex Iacovitti.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sherwin Seedorf (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Liam Donnelly (Motherwell).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic11005143
2Hibernian11002113
3Rangers11001013
4Ross County11001013
5St Mirren11001013
6Dundee Utd10101101
7St Johnstone10101101
8Kilmarnock100112-10
9Aberdeen100101-10
10Livingston100101-10
11Motherwell100101-10
12Hamilton100115-40
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